STONEHAM — Chief Matthew Grafton reports that the Stoneham Fire Department extinguished a residential house fire late last night.
On Wednesday, March 27, just before 11 p.m., the Stoneham Fire Department received several 911 calls reporting a house fire at 9 Oak St.
Upon arrival, Engine 2 and 3 and Ladder 1 found heavy fire showing on the front porch of the two-story wood frame house. The Winchester Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist, while the Reading and Wakefield Fire Departments provided station coverage.
The homeowners, who were awake at the time the fire started, evacuated prior to firefighters’ arrival. No injuries were reported.
The fire, which originated in the vicinity of the porch, extended to the first floor and into the walls leading up to the second floor. Crews made an aggressive attack, first extinguishing the bulk of the fire from the outside. Firefighters then extended a line inside the house to contain the fire from extending further while simultaneously doing a search of the house to ensure everyone had evacuated.
The house sustained heavy fire, heat, smoke and water damage, and was deemed uninhabitable.
Crews cleared the scene at 1:50 a.m. Chief Grafton would like to thank Stoneham Police, DPW, Action Ambulance and Stoneham Fire Auxiliary, which were also on scene to assist.
“Group 2 did a great job putting out this fire and preventing further extension into the second floor,” Chief Grafton said. “This house had working smoke detectors, which is so important, because had the homeowners not been awake when the fire started, the detectors would have alerted them.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Stoneham Fire Department.